JAIPUR: Barely a week after the Supreme Court urged Parliament to enact a law against lynching, a mob in Rajasthan’s Alwar district killed a man on Friday night, on suspicion that he was smuggling cows.
At 12:40 am on Saturday, the police heard that two persons were smuggling cows from Rajasthan to Haryana by foot. By the time they reached the spot, near Lalawandi in Ramgarh, one of the men, Akbar Khan (28), had been seriously injured.
He told the police that he and his friend Aslam had bought two cows from Laadpur and were going to their village in Haryana’s Mewat district, according to a release from the office of the Additional DG, Jaipur Range. A group of people suspected they were cow smugglers and beat them up, leaving Akbar with fractured ribs and injuries to his hands. He collapsed while talking to the police and was declared dead at the CHC hospital in Ramgarh.
Two persons standing nearby with two cows were interrogated and arrested, the police said, adding that a case has been registered against unidentified people under sections 321/18, 143, 341, 323, 302, and 34 of the IPC .Alwar district was in the news in April last year after another man, Pehlu Khan, was lynched on suspicion of cow smuggling. While the accused were let off lightly, Khan and his family still face cases under the Bovine Act. Last November, the body of one Umar Khan was found in the region. He, too, was allegedly killed by cow vigilantes.